HEALTHY SKIN

“The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin, which weighs 9 lbs and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.”

Perhaps the above quote will engender more respect for your skin, which is the largest organ in the human body.  And most humans are born with lovely skin.

Where did it all go wrong?  It’s the crap we continue to put into our bodies via our mouths along with the good foods we fail to consume.  In most cases it’s as simple as that.  So the sooner we can get on the right road the better!

Sensitive and cracked skin, something my feet know about, are in desperate need of B vitamins.  So I took the time to come up with a rather complete list of good sources for vitamin B.  Actually, I “borrowed” the list from nuts.com, a great place to get wonderful nuts and other goodies.  I love their dried apricots!  Here goes with the list.

Vitamin B1. Beans, seeds, and nuts are excellent sources of thiamine. Choose sunflower seeds, navy beans, black beans, lentils, or dried peas to get your daily recommended intake of this valuable vitamin.

Vitamin B2. Eat cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, or broccoli to ensure you get enough.

Vitamin B3. Tuna, turkey, chicken, and lamb are good dietary sources of vitamin B3. For non-animal sources of the vitamin, eat peanuts or brown rice.

Vitamin B5. To get enough vitamin B5, eat mushrooms, cheese, fatty fish such as mackerel or tuna, avocados, or sweet potatoes.

Vitamin B6. Salmon, potatoes, avocados, dried plums, bananas, spinach, and hazelnuts are good sources of vitamin B6.

Vitamin B7. Nuts are an excellent source of biotin, with peanuts, walnuts, and almonds having particularly high amounts. Sweet potatoes, eggs, and oats are other good sources of this vitamin.

Vitamin B9. Lentils, chickpeas, asparagus, spinach, and orange juice are good natural sources of folic acid.

Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in fish, poultry, eggs, meat, and dairy products. Getting enough vitamin B12 is of particular importance to people following a vegetarian or vegan diet, as it is primarily found in animal products. Drinking fortified nut milks or fortified nutritional yeast products are acceptable non-animal sources of the vitamin.

In general, eating a varied diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains will help you get the B vitamins you need to thrive.

Notice that last paragraph?  We’re back to eating a variety of natural, unprocessed foods. It’s really not that difficult.  Stop whining.

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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